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Our Impact FY19

Southwest Conservation Corps

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Strike Team Conservation Crew Member - Durango, CO

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Organization/Program Description :

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues, and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.  

Position Description :

Strike Team Crew Member

Dates:  June 1st – August 7th, 2020 

Status:Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program  

Location:Durango, CO 


Ages: 18 – 30 

Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible  

Other Benefits:Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment. 

AmeriCorps Education Award:$2360.00 upon completion of program.

About the Position

As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps Strike Team Crew, you will be a key component of a smaller than normal crew that specializes in detail oriented and unique projects. Strike Teams consisting of 1 Leader and 2-3 Members, will function as a highly versatile crew that will interact with Project Partners on a more intimate level than other crews. The smaller crew size allows members to gain a strong grasp of how to navigate project details, implementation of the work, and partner communications.

Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either front-country (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or back-country (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work effectively as a member of the crew; perform strenuous physical work related to environmental conservation and restoration projects; work outdoors in all types of weather and successfully adapt to various climates; effectively learn and apply new environmental conservation and restoration skills; actively participate in environmental education activities; practice appropriate safety procedures in all tasks assigned; use, maintain and repair hand and power tools as necessary.   

Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.  

Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days. 

All crews will go through a 5 day volunteer orientation (May 25th – 29th , 2020). This will include a Wilderness First Aid training. Food and space to camp is provided for this training.  

Requirements :

Required Skills & Experience


  • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. 
  • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED 
  • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. 

Participant Essential  Eligibility  Requirements

Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. 

Participant and Expedition Behavior 

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions 
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program 
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind 
  • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time 

Risk Management and Judgement

  • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards 
  • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task 
  • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others. 

Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project. 
  • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks 

Substance Free

  • In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and SCC activities, and while on organization property. 
Additional Benefits :
Stipend: $300/week  Other Benefits: Wilderness First Aid Certification, Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.  AmeriCorps Education Award:$2360.00 upon completion of program.
Contact Information :

Any questions can be addressed to:

Eric Falk, Program Coordinator: [email protected]